There are many reasons to do a journal.
It could be to express yourself whether you are angry or upset. Maybe you are happy and want to make a record of the experience. To read at a later time to remember how you felt.
As a writer, it essential to have a journal. To write down interactions amongst people. It gives you a sense of what someone is doing.
Are they mysterious, or do they act confident? What do the people look like? Is there something that stands out to you? Their color of hair, their eyes, or maybe their body build. Could they be doing something that is of interest to you? The way they hold their glasses. Lift their pinky finger while they drink hot tea.
A writer can use all these things when they build their characters.
Maybe one person had an attitude you liked. But, another had the haircut that would fit your character. Or you heard a catchy name.
Not only can it be about people but places as well. Is there a mural you liked you want to add to your scene in your story?
It is much easier to write down all these good ideas than remember them in your head. I don’t know about you, but I have so much going on in my brain. I have learned it is best to write it down.
I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. You never know when inspiration is going to hit you. If you have your journal, then you can capture it into words on paper to transform into a marvelous story for all to hear.
It can even be helpful to write a blog post.
How do you ask?
You might hear a discussion that is worth writing about or needs researching. Then, you realize it wise to share with the world.
Maybe you try a new restaurant or coffee shop you think could be an idea to share. You will need to note down what you liked best about the place. Maybe even the person named that served you.
You could be on the pier to see something unique happen while someone is fishing or boating. It best to write it down while it is fresh in your mind.
A journal doesn’t just have to be about writing. It can be a journal of pictures as well. They can give you a lot of detail to look at to base your story.
You may want a way to keep up with everything you need to do during the day. A journal can be a great way to do this.
As you speak with a client, it can be a great source to document what their feels are, their dreams, and what they hope to accomplish. To make notes, you can read back at the office about each client you visited to know where you stand or what it is you need to check out. Did they have a specific problem?
You can see there are a lot of important reasons to have a journal. I personally love to write down the events that happen in my life, good or bad. So, I can go back to read all the things I have gone through in my life. The ups, the downs, and what I am grateful to have.
You can use a notebook, or you can even journal on your phone or computer. It all works.
Have you ever found a family member’s journal? Then sat down and read it to learn so much about their life you would never have known if you hadn’t read the book.
If you don’t journal, I encourage you to try. You might like it.
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